Who has some hungry bunnies in their yard? This year has been an exceptional year for those cute little bundles of fur that can do some serious damage in your garden. You can tell if a rabbit has been munching on your plants because they leave sharp clean 45 degree angle cuts near the ground, usually on the tender new growth. We’ve put together a list of some perennials and annuals that are considered rabbit resistant. As a general guideline, most rabbits avoid plants with a fuzzy or coarse texture or plants with a strong taste or smell. One big giant caveat—Rabbit resistant doesn’t mean that bunnies won’t try a nibble or two or three. The young are testing out their tastebuds and they are willing to try anything!
Annuals rabbits usually avoid: Alyssum, Cleome, Cosmos, Dahlia, Dianthus, Dusty Miller, Gomphrena, Lantana, Lobelia, Marigold, Morning Glory, Nicotiana, Salvia, Snapdragon, Verbena, Zinnia.
Vegetables rabbits usually avoid: Artichokes, Asparagus, Onions, Peppers, Potatoes, Squash, and Tomatoes
Herbs rabbits usually avoid: Borage, Lavender, Oregano, Rosemary and Thyme. They also stay away from Mint but be warned, we recommend only planting mint in a container. In the ground, you will end up with more Mint that you can ever imagine.
Perennials rabbits usually avoid: Acanthus, Allium, Artemesia, Asclepias, Astilbe, Caryopteris, Daylilies, Hellebores, Jacob’s Ladder, Peonies, Rudbeckia, Sedums, Solomon’s Seal, and Stachys. Also, if you find that rabbits are munching on your ornamental grasses, they will most likely bounce back from the damage.
There must be a bumper crop of rabbits this year because even these plants are under attack. Even though there is no sure fire way to keep bunnies away, you can try to fence them out using chicken wire or a repellant. When using chicken wire, be sure to bury it at least 6” under the ground because these little guys can dig!
Repellants can also work but need to be reapplied periodically or after a rain. Liquid Fence Rabbit deters rabbits with both taste and odor. It dries odorless and can be used edible plants. It is long lasting and rain resistant. Plantskydd® Rabbit and Small Animal Repellent, a granular formula, is not harmful to animals or the environment and save to use around fruits and vegetables. Be sure to read the label instructions be for applying any product.
So are you ready to do battle?
Posted on 6/25/2015 at 11:00:00 AM